Ezekiel 3 … Consider Him Who Has Appointed a Watchman

“Son of man, I have appointed you a watchman to the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from My mouth, warn them from Me,” (3:17).

Ezekiel, Appointed by God. Most of us would agree, his shoes would not be easy to fill. Ezekiel’s call, like all of God’s true prophets, would not be without hardship and trials. But God did not Appoint him and then leave Ezekiel to carry the load in his own strength or ability.

Then He said to me, “Son of man, stand on your feet that I may speak with you!” As He spoke to me the Spirit entered me and set me on my feet; and I heard Him speaking to me, (Ezekiel 2:1-2).

The hand of the Lord was on me there, and He said to me, “Get up, go out to the plain, and there I will speak to you.” 23 So I got up and went out to the plain; and behold, the glory of the Lord was standing there, like the glory which I saw by the river Chebar, and I fell on my face. 24 The Spirit then entered me and made me stand on my feet, and He spoke with me… (3:22-24).

It would be through His Spirit, that God would provide for Ezekiel’s ministry. And it would be through Ezekiel’s ministry that God would continue in His Persistent Pursuit of the Rebellious as He called Ezekiel and Appointed him as a Watchman.

“In ancient Israel, watchmen were stationed on city walls to serve as the eyes of the city, especially to warn of approaching danger,” NIV Study Bible.

So while God’s people were in exile due to their persistent rebellion and hardness of heart, still His Plan of Redemption would unfold, Appointing His Watchman for a people so desperate for eyes to see and ears to hear His Truth.

And in His Perfect Plan of Redemption, He Has Appointed His Son, the Perfect Son of Man, His Perfect Watchman to not only warn, but save all who would listen to Him Who Is the Truth.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me,” (John 14:6).

Consider Him Who Has Appointed a Watchman

  • He Has Appointed a Watchman whose food would be His Word and His Will.
    • Then He said to me, “Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.” So I opened my mouth, and He fed me this scroll. He said to me, “Son of man, feed your stomach and fill your body with this scroll which I am giving you.” Then I ate it, and it was sweet as honey in my mouth. (3:1-3).
      • Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work,” (John 4:34).
  • He Has Appointed a Watchman to speak His Words to the people.
    • Then He said to me, “Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak with My words to them,” (3:4).
      • For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me a commandment as to what to say and what to speak. 50 I know that His commandment is eternal life; therefore the things I speak, I speak just as the Father has told Me,” (John 12:49-50).
  • He Has Appointed a Watchman, though His people were not willing to listen.
    • “yet the house of Israel will not be willing to listen to you, since they are not willing to listen to Me. Surely the whole house of Israel is stubborn and obstinate,” (3:7).
      • Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this said, “This is a difficult statement; who can listen to it?” … 66 As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore, (John 6:60, 66).
  • He Has Appointed a Watchman to obey His Word.
    • Moreover, He said to me, “Son of man, take into your heart all My words which I will speak to you and listen closely,” (3:10).
      •  but so that the world may know that I love the Father, I do exactly as the Father commanded Me…” (John 14:31).
  • He Has Appointed a Watchman to bring His Warnings.
    • “Son of man, I have appointed you a watchman to the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from My mouth, warn them from Me,” (3:17).
      • …Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel,” (Mark 1:14-15).
  • He Has Appointed a Watchman, whether or not He would be received.
    • But when I speak to you, I will open your mouth and you will say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God.’ He who hears, let him hear; and he who refuses, let him refuse; for they are a rebellious house,” (3:).
      • He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, (John 1:11-12).

How do we respond to Him Who Has Appointed a Watchman?

Today, once again, we clearly see the reality that all His Word is meant to reveal Jesus, His Appointed Plan of Redemption. Ezekiel was a man of obedience, a man filled with God’s Spirit, but he was still just a man. Jesus, the Sinless Son of God, took on the assignment to come and warn us of our eternal destiny and to proclaim hope for all who will listen to God’s Perfect Appointed Watchman.

So, how should we respond? Even in our persistent rebellion, He Appointed a Watchman to warn us that we would be spared eternal separation from Him.

So, we must always begin with faith, listening and believing the words of His Appointed Watchman.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life,” (John 5:24).

True faith will demonstrate itself in obedience.

He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him,” (John 3:36).

Obedience is an act of worship.

“Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46).

True worship will fill us with gratitude and praise.

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe, (Hebrews 12:28).

Father, we thank You that You have been so faithful to Appoint Watchmen throughout all of history to warn and woo hearts to return to You. Thank You for giving Your Son, Your Perfect Watchman, to not only warn us, but to fulfill Your Plan of Redemption and save us from our sins. Oh Lord, we cannot thank You enough for the gift of our salvation through faith in Christ. Please fill us with Your Spirit that our lives would demonstrate our faith in all that we think, say and do, in obedience, worship, gratitude and praise to the Perfect Name of Jesus.

Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name, (Hebrews 13:15).

Let’s Grow Together!

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